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School Libraries

Bookshelves and study carrels? Digital learning commons? Or something in between? Discover how educators are using and reimagining their school libraries.

  • A second grade teachers reads to her students during virtual story time

    Keeping Story Time Alive in the Pandemic

    Story time is a powerful tool for helping preschool and elementary kids and their families feel connected during distance learning.
    Wendy Gustavel
  • Teenage girl reading a book in her living room with her laptop nearby

    Supporting Choice Reading for Students in Distance Learning

    Teachers can use remote reading conferences and online library explorations to ensure that students continue to build literacy skills.
  • Two students picking out books at the library

    Schoolwide Strategies for Promoting a Love of Reading

    A literacy consultant explains how schools can encourage all students to share the joy of reading.
  • Building a 21st-Century Learning Space

    A community raised $6 million to construct an innovative 30,000-square-foot facility complete with makerspaces and learning labs.
  • Ten Ways to Cultivate a Love of Reading in Students

    Ten suggestions for how any teacher, teaching any subject can participate in this mission, and how parents and administrators can help.
  • A photo of 2 female students writing a whiteboard table with colored markers.

    21st-Century Libraries: The Learning Commons

    Libraries become a different kind of learning destination when schools reimagine them as open, transparent spaces that invite student communication and collaboration.
  • A librarian talking to a young girl at a table while two students browse the stacks behind them

    Collaborating With Your School Librarian

    Ten ways to work with your highly trained colleagues in the library to enhance literacy instruction.
  • Read With Me: 5 Tips to Foster a Love for Reading

    Edutopia blogger Lisa Dabbs shares her enthusiasm for reading with five tried-and-true suggestions for developing a lifelong book habit in young readers who may or may not have discovered the magic of the printed page.
  • The Importance of a Classroom Library

    An appealing, inspiring collection of books, regardless of content area, is a crucial literacy tool that every teacher should have in the classroom.
  • How the Maker Movement Is Moving Into Classrooms

    From the pedagogy of educational theorists and design thinkers to the passion of tinkers and hobbyists, the Maker movement finds its way into mainstream education.
  • photo of students in a maker space

    School Libraries and Makerspaces: Can They Coexist?

    While libraries and makerspaces are both interdisciplinary, resource-filled places of informal learning, each serves distinct purposes for enriching student experience and school culture.
  • Illustration of a futuristic library

    Bringing Design Thinking to the School Library

    Want to revamp your library? Design thinking may be just the planning tool you need.
  • photo of a teacher-librarian in the library

    Librarians' Changing Roles Can Inspire School Communities

    A 21st-century librarian can inspire a school by modeling responsive teaching, advocating for student involvement, facilitating new approaches to writing, and encouraging user-centered spaces.
  • Illustration of the hashtag symbol

    The Power of a School Library Hashtag

    A hashtag can help you create a community within and around your school library, as well as help you widen your reach beyond the school.

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